A great deal of the loan for the creation of natural wealth currently found in Kenya can be laid at the door of the countrys two largest cities: Mombasa and Nairobi.

For back in the early many years of the twentieth century, the hyperlink that was forged between these two cities – one (Mombasa) a non-descript port town and also the other (Nairobi) a swamp-like plain of land – provided a basic template for growth that has allowed the country to develop and is the foundation on which it is built.

In tandem, they are basically the lifeblood of Kenya and have much to provide visitors in search of cultural richness and diversity.

Cosmopolitan in the outlook but happily steeped in history, the heart of Mombasa is said to be its old town district in which the narrow streets are awash with busy markets and the smell of fresh fish and herbal scents fill the air.

Mombasas history is probably best exemplified by Fort Jesus, a 16th century battlement which was the focal point of the struggle for that Kenyan coast between the Portuguese army and Shirazi Arabs. The fort has withstood a catalogue of damage over the years and today stands a sturdy proof of the citys war torn history.

Through centuries of ruling strife including British rule and also the fight for independence, present day Mombasa is a city filled with diversity and life – the second largest in Kenya. Happy with its cosmopolitan credentials, Mombasa welcomes a world of culture to the humble abode with Mosque and Hindu Temples side by side with Christian symbols of worship – a veritable collection of faiths co-existing with peace and understanding.

Unlike many modern, forward-thinking cities, Mombasa is proud of both its background and the strides it has taken to become what its today. Likewise Nairobi – Kenyas capital and one from the largest cities in Africa by having an estimated population of three million.

When a sleepy frontier town, Nairobi is now a city so busy, it never sleeps. Like Mombasa, Nairobi is happy with its background and the role its played in its cultural makeup. The town is modern yes, but it also exists as microcosm of life where race and tribal origins serve as a successful recipe for cultural harmony. This historical context and also the cocktail of cultures its produced are celebrated in the Nairobi National Museum – situated near to the city centre.

Whilst proud of its history, Nairobi is certainly not a slave to it and it is a city like not one other. Its inhabitants are friendly and enthusiastic, and for visitors, the town is always alive with a multitude of shops and markets to go to and restaurants in which to eat. A fantastic nightlife also is based on store having a diverse selection of entertainment to enjoy ranging from casinos, nightclubs and theatres.

Individual and distinctive yet resolutely intertwined, Kenyas Mombasa and Nairobi are synonymous with a country rich in history and culture and something that is ripe for exploration.

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